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Monk

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Monk says:

Atholl trip

Just got back from Scotland where I enjoyed 4 days of glorious weather. I stayed in Blair Atholl at the Atholl Arms which was very nice but most un-tent-like. Must upgrade my sleeping bag for next winter.

Day one - climbed Carn a' Chlamain and managed to find enough snow for some axe and crampon practice. Snow cover overall was very patchy and easily avoided unless like me you really wanted to play mountaineer.

Day two - set out with my sights on the 3 Beinn a' Ghlo munros but only managed Carn Liath. Very out of condition, especially south of the ankle, and a 3 mile walk in on tarmac didn't help! Scrounged a lift back to the hotel.

Day three - easy day. Five or six miles in trainers on the moors above Glen Banvie. Enjoyed the peace and views of surrounding big hills.

Day four - awesome day! Climbed Beinn Dearg via the corbett Beinn Mheadhonach, a route I highly recommend, although the walk out down Glen Banvie is loong! But the weather was clear and crisp, the scenery was drop dead gorgeous throughout, and I didn't see another soul all day. Beware the psycho pheasant of Glen Tilt though.

First pic is Carn a' Chlamain, second is approaching Beinn Dearg summit, third is the view from Beinn dearg looking towards the Cairngorms.

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cozy

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cozy says:

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Sound like an excellent trip, What did the pheasant do????:shock:

ATB:lol:

Monk

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Monk says:

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Ok, the pheasant story..

At a gate on the path on the west side of Glen Tilt I saw this beautiful golden pheasant and quickly took a picture before it bolted. To my surprise as I carried on up the path it began running alongside me. "Wow, you're tame" I thought. Then it began running in front of me to block my path, making what I can only describe as a growling noise. With no other option other than to abandon my walk, I upped my pace to get out of its territory the quicker. It then began literally snapping at my heels and finally flying up to attack from behind, pecking at my hands and legs. In the end I was able to placate it with a corner of flapjack, which kept it occupied while I made good my escape.

I guess it's become used to people feeding it while they take it's picture, and now won't allow anyone to pass without payment. :ph43r::wacko:

 

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john

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john says:

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Possibly nothing as sinister although it's an interesting story. Male pheasants although sometimes protective of territory, are very protective of female and eggs/young in breeding/nesting season. Besides aggression, they sometimes circle what they deem to be a threat, acting as if they can't fly or run in a straight line by feigning injury. The threat or predator is invited to chase the 'injured' bird which leads it away from the nest and female. I believe Ptarmigans and other such birds act in this way too.

My scariest bird encounter was when we camped in a farmers field near Loch Tay. We left our gear for breakfast outside the tent while we went to wash, when we got back we found the farmers chickens had opened our egg carton and had broken and eaten the insides of our eggs. Cannibal chickens that was what they were.

cozy

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cozy says:

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John

that might explain this chicken i saw when camping at gwern gof isaf.

ATB:lol:

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bio-man

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bio-man says:

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Sounds a great trip Monk and like the photos. I climbed the Munroes around Glen Affric 2 years ago and enjoyed as good weather as you seemed to have had. I didn't use your route for Beinn Dearg though, I mountain biked up to the south west ridge, it was along way. Yours is better tho, it's area of Scotland that I love and woill be back so will try yours. Incidentally, didn't see the pheasant then, prob a chick!! 

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Monk

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Monk says:

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More pics from this trip on this vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvXFXZ-U5h0

 

snowman1

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snowman1 says:

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How does it go....he was only a pheasant plucker...:biggrin:

not bikini atholl then?

bio-man

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bio-man says:

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Liked the stills and video,Monk. Did you use a tripod for the panoramic video??

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Monk

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Monk says:

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Glad you enjoyed the pics bio-man; I didn't use a tripod,it's all hand-held. Hence the shakiness on the last panorama from Beinn Dearg; not easy trying to execute a smooth 360 standing atop a pile of boulders!

 

 

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